This is one of those questions that I either love or hate while out in a group. That all depends on who’s asking the question. If I’m out with a bunch of ladies and there’s a few new faces, it can be a really fun conversation starter. I always start with, “I have my own beauty salon.”

This normally flows effortlessly into nails, makeup, skin care and all kinds of helpful tips and tricks that I enjoy giving out so much that I never consider it work to do over a cocktail or two. If we’re already on the second cocktail then the conversation moves swiftly only what waxing most ladies do and if certain practices regarding bodily hair are “normal”. There’s much giggling and wrinkling of noses while this conversation takes place, but I’m glad it does because there are so many misconceptions about what’s normal that I’m happy to dispel these. I’ll have to do a new blog entry about these misconceptions or we’ll be here all day.

If, however, I’m out with a mixed group and a man asked me this question, the conversation has a variety of directions it can take. Sometimes, to my delight, the man becomes genuinely interested and asks me questions on how he can improve his own personal grooming. Or, adorably, he could pull his significant other into the question and we could all talk about how she can unwind and relax more. Sometimes though, the man goes straight to the, “Do you wax a lot of pu**y?” question. I die a little inside before politely diverting the conversation elsewhere.

What do I do for a living though really?

Yes, I do a variety of beauty treatments. Everything from skin treatments to nails, pedicures, massages, lash extensions, waxes and makeup sessions. I am always looking out for new ways to train and bring new exciting things to the salon, even if it’s just a new nail colour or range of body cream flavours. I pour over my Pinterest feed regularly to bring fun new nail art ideas to the clients for each new season and each occasion. This is all just part of what I do though.

I listen. I hear problems and soothe worries. I encourage, educate and uplift. I build confidence and improve self-image. If you leave my treatment room feeling the same or worse about yourself than when you walked in. I have not done my job. My job is beauty. Inner, outer, self-perceived.

What do I do for a living? I make people feel good about themselves.